Detroit Tigers: Regular Rotation, No Fear, Miggy Returns Friday?
By Dave Holcomb
As the Detroit Tigers continue to fall even further out of the playoff picture, fans have to assume that the team will at some point rest the young pitching of Daniel Norris and Matt Boyd.
Detroit, however, will not rest them yet. Manager Brad Ausmus told MLive.com that the Tigers will go ahead with their regular rotation. Detroit will apparently look for opportunities to rest Norris and Boyd at a later date.
First baseman Miguel Cabrera has received a lot of rest over the last month due to his strained calf, but there is a chance that Cabrera returns to the field this weekend. That would be a sight for sore eyes among Tigers fans.
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In addition to seeing the return of Cabrera, Tigers fans would really like to see relief pitcher Bruce Rondon live up to his expectations when he came up to the big leagues. One of Rondon’s biggest keys to success is overcoming the fear of injury.
Detroit Tigers will not skip Daniel Norris, Matt Boyd starts despite off days – Chris Iott, MLive.com
"Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said the plan for now is to go straight through with the rotation as it currently stands.“We’re pretty much going to stay on track right now,” he said. “A couple of guys will get two extra days.”The Tigers have an off-day Thursday and another one Monday as part of their eight-game, 10-day road trip.Anibal Sanchez and Norris will get two extra days’ rest between starts. The other three pitchers in the rotation will get an extra day prior to each of their next two starts."
Tigers won’t rule Miguel Cabrera out for weekend series – George Sipple, Detroit Free Press
"When Cabrera actually returns is to be determined, but manager Brad Ausmus says it’s “conceivable” Cabrera could return for this weekend’s series against the Houston Astros.“Gotta make a decision,” Cabrera said. “I’m feeling good.”Cabrera said he’s not going to go out and do anything crazy, and knows it will take time before he’s 100%. He’s been on the disabled list since July 4 with a Grade 3 left calf strain.Ausmus said Cabrera didn’t look like he was favoring or limping at all when he ran the bases today and said he’s “encouraged” by what he saw."
Rondon’s key to success: tossing aside fear of re-injury – Chris McCosky, The Detroit News
"“One of the big things is just the arm coming back to complete form,” said Rondon through Tigers interpreter and media relations boss Aileen Villarreal. “He said he’s not thinking about whether it’s going to hurt or not, whether it’s going to be sore. He’s just pitching and feeling confident on the mound, knowing his arm is at its best form.”Doctors had warned Rondon that the process was going to be slow coming back from Tommy John surgery in March 2014. The process was slowed even more late in spring training this March when he suffered biceps tendinitis.He struggled through his rehab stint with Toledo and his ERA in July with the Tigers was 9.58. He had given up 11 runs in 10⅓ innings. But, he said, “two or three” weeks ago, he felt some of the old fire come back into his arm."